Hi Shannon. Can you define “gender critical feminist” because the link you provided doesn’t accurately account for what a feminist is or what gender is. Feminists have always been critical of societal pressure to conform to sex role stereotypes as part of their goal of liberation from patriarchal oppression. As a lesbian you’ve likely benefitted from such efforts I’m guessing. So I’m wondering how this is deemed hateful from your perspective. I can’t assume that these people are full of hate because an article says so.
As per my own definition, gender critical feminist is someone who still maintains an understanding of the biological differences of the two sexes and doesn’t think being either male or female carry any prescriptions for behavior, expression, or value. “Sex” is an important biologically based category because men and women have different biological needs and women experience oppression at the hands of males due to their sex. A “feeling” or “identity” does not make a person a sex even though measures to transition socially and/or physically could relieve a person from their discomfort/predicament. That’s what I understand, and is that hateful?
Some people take a long view of where gender identity could land women in the future. When we start telling children that they are boys because they like trucks and they are girls because they like to wear dresses or that they were born in the “wrong” body, of course you’re going to have people who question this. Within such an ideology, it would seem that you are making trans people more invisible.
Many women are blacklisted as TE*Fs and transphobes for saying what you just wrote in your article about sexual preference. It sounds to me like you are saying, “I’m not like those bigots over there, but hey, they do have a point.”